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Minor Feelings An Asian American Reckoning Free read ✓ 104 ô Poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong blends memoir cultural criticism and history to expose the truth of racialized consciousness in America Binding these essays together is Hong's theory of minor feelings As the daughter of Korean immigrants Cathy Park Hong greW up steeped in shame suspicion and melancholy She would later understand that these minor feelings occur when American optimism contradicts your own reality when you believe the lies you're told about your own racial identityHong uses her own story as a port. When I heard about this book and received an Advanced Readers' Copy I was drawn to the title and the author I read it in a span of a week because I wanted to thoroughly absorb understand and really read Cathy Park Hong's words in this collection of incredibly powerful and raw essays that spoke to me as an Asian American woman I felt that for once someone put into words what I have felt all along but I never really had the courage to speak out loud or acknowledge and Hong explains why beautifully in this bookSome of the things that struck me in her book is Hong's mention of the new racial awareness mediator when you have to explain your race to someone and that Most Americans know nothing about Asian Americans They think Chinese is synecdoche for Asians same way as Kleenex is for tissues I definitely related to this when I am constantly explaining myself and my heritage to someone The essays come well researched as well and I loved learning about the history of our country's Manifest Destiny where Hong mentions on how three Chinese laborers died for every two miles of track for the transcontinental railroad and at the completion of the railroad not one photo was taken of a Chinese man in the celebratory photos Hong explores these minor feelings which she describes are the range of emotions mostly negative from everyday feelings of being slighted with racial undertones that others may conjure your own feelings as though made up or being overly sensitive Hong's mention of the 1992 LA Riots really resonated with me as I personally experienced this first hand being a witness to how my parents were so affected by this incident having to come back to our business after looters have destroyed our family business I didn't understand what was happening then but Hong was able to explain it well in the bookI cannot recommend this book enough Hong wrote this book with courage and all her heart exposing her feelings with honesty and wit Her writing is incredible and this is a true masterpiece A dissertation to the Asian American experience Reuired reading and a must read Brava A standing ovation

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Poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong blends memoir cultural criticism and history to expose the truth of racialized consciousness in America Binding these essays together is Hong's theory of minor feelings As the daughter of Korean immigrants Cathy Park Hong gre. This book blew me the heck away definitely one of the top five essay collections I have ever read In Minor Feelings An Asian American Reckoning Cathy Park Hong delves into Asian American identity through the lens of history psychology and her own lived experience as a Korean American daughter of immigrants This collection feels so necessary because Asian Americans receive such one dimensional characterization in the United States we’re math whizzes we have wild tiger parents we’re crazy rich or now we’re the ones who started Coronavirus Hong eviscerates these reductionist stereotypes and explores Asian American complexity by sharing our history rife with colonization the intergenerational trauma faced by our parents and passed down to us and the ways in which we either resist whiteness or get subsumed by it The most powerful part of this collection revolves around Hong’s capacity to connect the historical to the personal such as this reflection on United Airline’s brutal treatment of David Dao Duy Anh a Vietnamese American passenger “In 1975 Saigon had fallen His home was no longer his home Dao was forced to flee as a refugee and he and his wife raised their family of five kids in Kentucky a new home that had its own share of absurd hardships Dao was caught trafficking prescription drugs for sex and lost his medical license after which he earned his income as a poker player While I agree with his defenders that his rap sheet is irrelevant to the United Airlines incident it’s relevant to me since it helps us see Dao in a complex realistic light Dao is not a criminal nor is he some industrious automaton who could escape the devastation of his homeland and through a miraculous arc of resilience become an upstanding doctor whose kids are also doctors For many immigrants if you move here with trauma you’re going to do what it takes to get by You cheat You beat your wife You gamble You’re a survivor and like most survivors you’re a god awful parent Watching Dao I thought of my father watching his own father being dragged out of his own home I thought of Asians throughout history being dragged against their will driven or chased out of their native homes out of their adopted homes out of their native country out of their adopted country ejected evicted exiled”Though some of Hong’s commentary and analyses may tread familiar ground for those already immersed in Asian American issues I felt that she injected new depth to the conversation about Asian Americans in the United States For example I saw the publishing industry clearly through Hong’s analysis of Jhumpa Lahiri’s work and how Lahiri’s preeminence in the literary sphere has forced the Asian American narrative to assimilate to a standard comforting trope for the white gaze Toward the end of the book Hong drops – in the middle of a stunning self analysis – a piercing truth about how Koreans’ fixation with double eyelid surgery stems from Dr Ralph Millard an American surgeon who tested the surgery on Korean sex workers to make them appealing to GIs during the Korean War As a somewhat big K Pop fan love me some Itzy and BlackPink I have always found the Korean obsession with plastic surgery odd and superficial; Hong’s ability to link that obsession back to colonization and the imperialism of whiteness helped me see the truth just like how many truths about Asian American identity and history have been erased or hidden from our viewThe personal components of this essay collection shine as well Hong’s background as a poet comes as no surprise given how the scenes from her personal life felt so well written like you could imagine yourself experiencing her past with her I literally cringed when she described a moment from her childhood when she watched a group of white kids make fun of her grandmother’s English kick her onto the ground and then laugh at her – it reminded me of my own grandmother and I just pulsated with hurt and anger reading that scene On the opposite end of the spectrum I felt such a sense of pride and camaraderie when Hong detailed her intense magnetic friendship during her undergraduate years with Erin and Helen two other Asian women artists and how their friendship with one another both hurt at times while also pushed them all to a place of artistic self confidence that transcended white male expectations Hong invests her whole heart and mind into Minor Feelings which shows through the major connections she makes between Asian Americans’ political placement in the United States and her personal experience as an artist daughter friend and Here’s another passage that stood out to me about Asian Americans needing to reckon with whiteness “I have to address whiteness because Asian Americans have yet to truly reckon with where we stand in the capitalist white supremacist hierarchy of this country We are so far from reckoning with it that some Asians think that race has no bearing on their lives that it doesn’t’ “come up” which is as misguided as white people saying the same thing about themselves not only because of discrimination we have faced but because of the entitlements we’ve been granted due to our racial identity These Asians are my cousins; my ex boyfriend; these Asians are myself cocooned in Brooklyn caught unawares on a nice warm day thinking I don’t have to be affected by race; I only choose to think about it I could live only for myself for my immediate family following the expectations of my parents whose survivor instincts align with this country’s neoliberal ethos which is to get ahead at the expense of anyone else while burying the shame that binds us To varying degrees all Asians who have grown up in the United States know intimately the same I have described; have felt its oily flame”Overall I would highly recommend this book to everyone though it may resonate most personally with East Asians who are 15 or 2nd generation living in the United States I reflected a lot on my own parents and Asian American identity while reading Minor Feelings and I feel motivated to honor my parents’ complex experiences despite the difficulties in our relationship I also feel as I’ve shared about in several of my recent blog posts determined to dismantle white supremacy through being a loud and proud Vietnamese American who protests racism even when it makes white people uncomfortable Hong acknowledges that this collection does not encompass the enormity or entirety of the Asian American experience which I agree with I hope this book can act as another launching point for further reflection and activism that includes and centers South Asians ueer Asian Americans and For now I feel grateful for this book’s existence and hope that it gains great traction in 2020 and beyond

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Minor Feelings An Asian American ReckoningAl into a deeper examination of racial consciousness in America today This book traces her relationship to the English language to shame and depression to poetry and artmaking and to family and female friendship in a search to both uncover and speak the truth. I found this book at times riveting and personal in that the author shares some private moments that completely captivate the reader and at other times distancing and like a historical text neither of those are bad things It balances this place of analysis and memoir unlike most non fiction I read which leans to either side but doesn't find that middle groundShe reckons with her identity as an Asian American while exploring larger themes of unity art friendship mental health and much Her poeticism comes through in the beautiful writing which I admired My only issue with this was its organization I didn't feel like there was a through line to follow from chapter to chapter It didn't have the traditional memoir structure of a linear timeline or reflection on one certain period of her life to keep me grounded For me it felt like seven good essays packaged together but they did not always connect or lead logically into the next topicIt's not the best essay collection I've ever read but I'd still recommend it to those interested And I'm interested to read her poetry next